To make up for it, I am filling up the weekends and evenings with trips, activities, and opportunities to see friends. I would rather have too much to do than too little.
Downtime for me sometimes consists of thinking about a future trips, sitting in a coffee shop with a computer keeping up with news and friends who are scattered all over the world, or going for a run in Forest Park.
I like to slip out of town to go floating down a river or hiking in the woods. If I can go dancing or hear live music a few times a month, it is a good thing. With most of my friends, spending sometime talking over a beer or a coffee is really rewarding.
I consider myself extremely luckily to have lived in various countries of Africa over the past decade. Thinking of the people I met and the places I went fill me with joy. I love telling stories about my experiences, but they interfered with my romantic life. I don't regret the choices I made, but when I am with my partnered friends, I get reminded of what I sacrificed. So, I am hoping to balance my life a bit.
I would like to find someone for whom adventure and reliability co-exist. I am guess I am looking for someone interested in people, in doing things, and in seeing what the possibilities are. I would like to be able to tell you what I am looking for, but it is not simple to articulate. When I think of my relationships and attractions, they tend to be engaged people with a patience and a curiosity about humanity. (Vague, I know.)
A final thought: If nothing else, there are so many restaurants I would love an excuse to try. Just dinner.
I am shy, nerdy, and cautious by nature, but I have worked really hard to become adventurous, worldly, and social.
Switching from teaching/academic mode to just goofing off
Gaining people's trust
Getting past mishigas & drama
Movies are great, but I am not an expert. I like them moody, with dying characters, and subtitled. I am often pleasantly surprised by Italian movies.
Music should be danced to and/or seen live (if possible). I have African, dance, blues, jazz, rock, new wave, girl with guitar, salsa, etc. in my collection.
Should I do archaeology writing in my occasional spare time, or something else?
1) hanging out with friends
2) going for a run and having a quiet night
3) going to see some live music or theater
4) heading out of town
Or, if you are just twitching to ask me something.
Or, if you want to find out if I am unusual-odd or unusual-interesting.